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Dec 23 2010

Mafteach Club Tel Aviv

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If you like underground clubs, the Mafteach club is a great choice in northern part of Tel Aviv, close to many of the hotels on the promenade.

The club is built on top of the old Layla bar, which was a great place too. The club is dark but not too much, not too big but has several separate areas and has a good vibe. Trance music is usually  played.

Mafteach club Tel Aviv
Address: Ben Yehuda 77.

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Jun 29 2010

RADIO E.P.G.B Underground Club, Shadal 7 St., Tel Aviv

Radio E.P.G.B. is an ultra-hip underground club in the heart of Tel Aviv.
With it’s unique edge and alternative appeal, it’s the place to be for the who’s who of Tel Aviv’s art and fashion scene.
It is a sanctuary for music lovers and nightlife scenesters alike. The music lineup is always stellar and right on point, which makes the Radio a perfect venue for live performances by indie bands and musicians.

The name ‘Radio’ was brought about in an effort to ‘broadcast’ this unique content to the people, as well as to emphasize the club’s open line of communication with the city. Thereby, always moving and shaking with the times and trends. This sets the Radio apart as a true ‘tastemaker’ in the Tel Aviv nightlife culture scene.

Radio’s punk and rock roots are clear to see from the design of the place.
The amazing graffiti covered bathroom walls were inspired by the legendary C.B.G.B in New York City. While a collage of musically historic newspaper clippings creatively cover the walls of the club. Coupled with the elegant and classic design of the bar, all of these elements come together to create a warm and homey atmosphere.

But what makes the Radio stand on it’s own as a true trailblazer in the Tel Aviv nightlife scene, is without a doubt, the music. On any given night you’ll find one of Radio’s world renowned DJ’s playing a set consisting of indie-rock and updated indietronica mixed with classic punk rock.

What does E.P.G.B. stand for, you ask? That remains a mystery…

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Aug 24 2009

The Dog – Tel Aviv’s New Underground

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It might be a tad late, but we want to congratulate the “Cat and Dog” club, as they have a new baby named “The Dog” (how original…). An in-depth investigation into the matter reveals that it isn’t exactly the original club’s son, but rather a split from the “Cat and Dog” and collaboration with a number of other places in town.

“The Dog” is a hybrid between underground and club. It’s dark, mysterious and full of debauchery, with deep bass grooves that you feel entering your feet and spreading to your butt and brain. The club is pretty big, compared to its predecessors around town. It features a long bar, couches and bathrooms with very, very long lines.

The sound system is excellent, and as of late the best DJs in town (Shlomi Zidan, Sahar Zangelevitch, etc) have played there.

It’s unclear whether the place is open on a regular basis. Just perk up your years and try to figure out when they’re hosting a good party…

The Dog
Address: Carlibach 23, Tel Aviv

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Jul 19 2009

The Penguin, underground dance bar, Yehuda Halevi 43

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After The Breakfast Club, The Cat and Dog, The Mental and a few other basement clubs that opened around town in recent years, I didn’t think another similar place would impress me. But The Penguin did. It’s a great combination of all of its predecessors, with a different feel and a different vibe. The owners relay the message that the décor should still be well-invested, even though you won’t see much from the moment you arrive (due to smoke, alcohol, etc.).

The entrance does not bode well, easily making into the top three “Places with the Strangest Entrance in the City” list. There’s a courtyard of an old building on Yehuda Halevi Street and a brown door that makes it look like you’re entering an illegal casino or an abandoned studio apartment, any which way, it arouses doubts regarding the place, but that quickly changes. It’s like you’ve entered through a magic door. You go downstairs, getting used to the lights and décor. There’s a well-designed bar, wooden floor, a nice dance floor, couches in the corners and more. It’s a combination of dark underground and a quality lounge.

The place has two major unique qualities. The first is low-key and special: In the center is a private bar and it’s unclear exactly who gets in and how. It’s like an aquarium that you can look into, and gives the impression that if you’re inside you’re well connected and cooooooool! The second is the place’s crown jewel – two small, comfortable booths, which you can lock from the inside. In them are places to sit, as well as a shiny tray. These booths give revelers the chance to spend time alone, or with someone, or to reinvigorate themselves. Because of these “White Booths”, the lines for the bathroom are shorter, which is great. It’s cool. There’s no shame. The place’s catch phrase is “People do everything here and don’t hide it.”

The Penguin has honed a unique Tel Aviv phenomenon. If you’re there at 1 or 2 A.M. and it’s still empty, you may ask yourself whether you’ve missed out on the action or if it has yet to start. And then you remember that this is Tel Aviv, and that back in the day The Breakfast Club only started showing signs of life (life might not be the right term…) at 4 A.M. And you realize that the night is young. It’s unbelievable. What the hell? No one in this city works!

The sound is great, you can hear and feel each beat in all of your organs. The crowd was great – kudos to the bouncers. The drinks flowed, the music only got better, people started dancing and it got crowded, and the night seemed promising…
I’d recommend going there on Wednesdays for the amazing electro and house parties. The rest of the week is good too. Check the nightlife sites to see who’s DJing. And clear your schedule for the following morning, because there’ll be another black hole in Tel Aviv. It might be more stylized, but at the end of the day it’s blacker than black…

The Penguin Tel Aviv
Yehuda Halevi 43

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Jul 19 2009

The Cat and Dog, Carlibach 23, Tel Aviv

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Woo hoo!!! Neither a cat nor a dog. The club should have been called “The Wolf and Sheep.” The descendant of the legendary Breakfast Club is similar to its father, but slightly less successful. The father had a sense of precedence, an excellent crowd, amazing house music and a lustful atmosphere. The son has all of these, but some of the charm has waned. Once again, dark stairs lead to a world of bass, drinks, caresses and long lines for the bathroom.

The sound and music can compete with any good club in the city. The best DJs in town take turns at the DJ booth during the week, while the best partygoers in town exchange sweat salts and other substances.

At times, the bouncers weren’t very strict and it felt like they were just trying to fill the place with whoever showed up. Recently there has been a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. The best bouncers in town stand at the door and make sure that only the finest get in.
On weekends it’s still hard to get in, and isn’t always recommended – it’s really crowded and smoky, and the lines for the bathroom and really long. I’d suggest going during the week, especially on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The place is full, but it’s just right. The music is insane. And as usual, it’s unclear exactly how or why, but there’s not much going on before 2 A.M. Like it’s father, the son has a hard time explaining the “What the hell did you do at home until 2 A.M., and how the hell will you wake up for work, or anything else, in the morning?” phenomenon, but who really cares? This is Tel Aviv, and this is one of the places that characterizes it best. Every day, at any hour, there’s always something (or a semblance of something) going on.

In short, if you find yourselves tossing and turning in bed at 3 A.M. on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, or cruising around town aimlessly, and you feel like hanging out with good looking people and scoping the scene on Carlibach Street, this is the place for you. You’ll hardly ever be disappointed.

Prepare your doctor’s note, because you won’t be going to work the following day…
Open almost every night of the week from midnight to the wee hours of the morning.

The Cat and Dog
Carlibach 23, Tel Aviv

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Jul 19 2009

Maxim Club, King George 38, Tel Aviv

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Good Morning Tel Aviv!!! Welcome to one of the oldest and most successful house and electro clubs in the city (a reincarnation of the legendary “Fetish” club); walking down the dark stairs into a black, magical hole you feel the vibrations of the bass throughout your entire body. The place is not recommended for the faint of heart – it is a lethal mix of all ages, genders and colors, with the best house in town, all of which create a relaxed, sexy and boundless atmosphere.

The perennial resident DJs – Iliya and Ravid Yehoshua – have been in the booth for years and welcome the best DJs from Israel and around the world. What amazing sound and music! Exciting!

Don’t expect fancy interior design, the lack of which might actually be the place’s charm. People come for the atmosphere and the music; not to see a beautiful place and not to see and be seen. Just dive in, clear your mind and forget for a few hours any and all problems that await outside the club door. Within a few minutes of your entry, you couldn’t care less about the décor. The next few hours hours will be spent with your eyes closed or looking up at the ceiling (or at God, thanking Him for getting you to this point…)

The club is comprised of a long, curved bar, a dance floor on all sides of the bar, a DJ booth and a number of dark, lewd corners, where you can find people asleep or very alert, resting, making out, or those who simply couldn’t find their way back to the dance floor.
Braver folks should frequent the club on Fridays. The place only fills up after 2 A.M. and clears out way after sunrise.
To sum up – if you like house, this is the best place in town. It’s a club for people who really want to have a good time and clear their heads without having to worry about their looks or who you’ll see.

And another thing – I met my wife there!!! It may be hard to believe, but amid the dark mess, we found each other, and quickly realized that it was not by chance. Have fun and clear your schedule for the following Saturday.

Maxim Club, King George 48
Thursday, Friday – Midnight to Sunrise

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